Audi Electric Cars

Audi e-tron GT

With the BMW i4 coming out this year, the Audi e-tron GT quattro and Audi RS e-tron GT are right on time to match its high-performance competitors.

Audi are introducing the new grand tourer as the “arrival of a new era” – a little bold, I have to say but it does look pretty cool. Audi have produced two meaty looking sports-cars: the e-tron GT Quattro and the more sportier version from their RS range – the RS e-tron GT. These two new models will be standing alongside the e-tron SUV, that came out in 2019.

The e-tron GT will be available to order this month (May 2021) starting from, wait for it… £79,185 to £105,288. And that’s just the Quattro model, the RS starts from £110,235 and goes up to £132,625 for the Carbon Vorsprung trim. So how does Audi justify these heavy price tags?

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The four-wheel drive RS produces 646hp, 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds – so not as quick as the Porsche or the Tesla, and delivers a 283mile range, also not as much as the Tesla. But with the higher spec Carbon Vorsprung trim – buyers can aslo enjoy heated and ventilated front sports seats with a massaging function, so traffic jams will never be as stressful again! Audi have also thrown in their Night Vision Assist, which is a thermal imaging camera at the front of the vehicle reacting to the heat radiated by objects, which then transfers the information from the camera onto the black-and-white display behind the wheel. Paired with the pre-sense tech, those of you who live in the countryside worried about wildlife crossing the road, can sit back and relax (literally). However – its going to set you back £132,625  – ouch!

The RS’s little sister, the GT Quattro is only a second behind, 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds and produces 530hp, dividing into two electric motors, one powering the front axle and one at the rear axle- getting you slightly further with a 298mile range. Both models also feature the Audi’s new signature electric sound, with adjustable intensity, so pedestrians can definitely hear you coming. If you’re interested in StarTrek-like sound, you can listen here. Unlike ICEs, buyers have the option to choose the tone of their car, whether you want it smooth and quiet or sounding like the SpaceX.

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Charging wise, the e-tron GT’s 93.4kWh battery (usable capacity is 85kWh) can charge via DC CCS and AC Type 2 connectors, so you’re always likely to find somewhere to plug-in and charge.

With a 270kW charging rate, Audi claims that the GT can charge from 5% to 80% charge in 22.5 minutes, provided you can find a 270kW charger – of which there aren’t very many! In the meantime, Audi customers will also have access to use the public charger network IONITY via Audi’s e-tron Charging Service (or you can just sign up directly to IONITY.)

However, having a 270kW charging rate, makes them future-proof for the more powerful chargers destined be installed on our road network, which will mean Audi drivers will be able to charge their EV much faster, 22.5 minutes will be a thing of the past!

Stepping back looking at the outside of the GT, unlike many new EVs on the market today, the GT doesn’t differentiate away from looking like an Audi. The BMW iX and even the Honda e, are both rocking a completely new electric look, whereas the GT still maintains the Audi-look, but with some improvements: Using the wind tunnel technology shaping the futuristic aerodynamics, the air inlets in the lower area of the front end, controllable cooling air inlets, the neat looking active and adjustable rear spoiler, all contribute to giving it a low drag coefficient of 0.24 and longer range.

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The e-tron GT also introduces a new honeycomb-pattern single-frame grille, which buyers can choose whether to have painted in their chosen body colour. Like the BMW iX, the Audi GT’s purpose is to hide the number of sensors used by the car’s assisting systems, as there’s no engine to cool!

The e-tron GT also comes with 21″ ’10-spoke design glossy alloys in platinum grey with magnesium inserts, with a low-rolling resistance. If you have a long journey ahead, the Audi e-tron GT’s regenerative braking is capable of up to 0.3g from deceleration, helping to save energy for later.

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Inside the e-tron GT looks pretty cool too, still not losing the Audi-look, the cockpit is “sporty yet luxurious”. Featuring a 12.3 inch instrument display and a 10.1inch touchscreen, drivers aren’t overwhelmed by screens like a lot of new EVs including the new Mercedes EQS. But don’t worry, Audi buyers will still have the now typical functionality of being able to preheat or cool the car via Audi’s smartphone app, as well as uploading map routes so the car is always ready to go.

Let us know what you think about the new Audi e-tron GT Quattro and RS e-tron GT, by commenting below!

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